J. Brix La Libresca Grenache, Santa Rita Hills, California
After tasting a bottle of Pinot noir grown and made in the Santa Maria Valley, San Diegans Jody and wife Emily got their winemaking start as volunteer harvest interns there, and found they simply couldn't get enough of the dirty work. One dream led to another; J. Brix Wines is the unexpectedly felicitous result.
The name: "No wallfower, but never ostentatious, La Libresca is the secret belle of the ball; as at home in the recesses of the library as she is dancing away the night with tousled hair, bare feet, and party dress – both bookish and beautiful. Grenache was one of the frst two grapes we worked with in our inaugural vintage. We are thrilled to welcome this wine back to the J. Brix family after a six-year hiatus, and to work with Spear Vineyards for the frst time."
"From the site to the soil to the growing season, our wines, if we're doing our work correctly, will speak in their own voices. We adore the variety California has to offer, which means we find ourselves compelled to make tiny quantities of as many different wines as we can... and, we try to add a new grape or style each harvest. Our fruit comes from a number of vastly different, soul-stirring vineyards all over the state. We use neutral vessels, native-yeast fermentation, and absolutely nothing else, with the exception of sulfur dioxide as necessary. In keeping with this minimalist approach, we choose not to fine, filter or cold-stabilize our wines. Our motto, in winemaking and life: ONLY LOVE."